YMCA of Greater Erie

For the past several months you have been reading about my summer fitness adventure which took me to a number of group classes offered by our Ys that I have never taken before – or, it had been quite awhile since I had.

This fall I thought I would use this space to tell you about the many ways I have been active at the Y throughout the month.  I think this is a great way for you to see how you can get the most out of your Y membership!

September started off with my participation in the Highmark QUAD Run – admittedly, the only “race” I compete in throughout the year. My husband and I loaded up the kids and made the pretty drive to North East – – in the rain!  I was joined by several other die-hards – including some fellow Y staff – and finished the race in about 33-minutes. The kids then took part in the Kids Quad – shorter distances of the run.

Just yesterday, I had a chance to join the Glenwood Y’s Cary Bardwell for her Chisel class.  She’s been teaching at the Y for many years and has quite a following – one thing I love about her is her constant encouragement of her students and the variety of options that she gives for different exercises to accommodate all fitness levels.

Her class combines advance step aerobic choreography with cardio bursts of squats, jumping jacks and push ups. She moves throughout the class providing guidance and “you can do it”s and “nice option” to her students.

My kids are enrolled in the swimming skills clinic at the Glenwood Park Y so I join the other parents on the bleachers on Thursday evenings (escaping into a book)-or, if I haven’t gotten my workouts in during the week, I venture up to the fitness center and hop on the treadmill – taking full advantage of my 45 minutes while they are doing their thing.

I joined 400 others at the Y-Co Reunion dance on Sept. 27 and danced to the music of an era that is all about twisting and jitterbugging! I am hopeful my dancing off-set the calories from my adult-beverage of choice! While they did not have it this year, I will boast that I am the reigning bubble gum blowing champion!

Last week, the Wm. T. Spaeder Company stopped by the Downtown Y with a check for $20,000! What fun I had meeting the employees and family members that contributed to this donation.

Finally, I hopped in the car and headed out to YMCA Camp Sherwin and joined about 50 business owners from the Girard-Lake City Chamber of Commerce.  It was a terrific opportunity to meet businesses interested in building commerce in the west county and a great opportunity to show off Camp.

I’ll look forward to seeing you at the Y!